At Bethany Lutheran Health Services we are following all the CDC recommendations to protect our residents and community members. The following has been in effect for the last two weeks and will continue until we are directed on new procedures. Please check our Facebook page or our website fo
We want to inform you that we have had four new onset respiratory signs/symptoms since our last email update, 3 of them in the last 72 hours. At this time we have a total of 5 staff members on leave to monitor potential symptoms and we still have no residents with confirmed cases of covid-19 in our community. Please rest assured that our staff continue to take every possible precaution to ensure everyone in our community stays healthy. These steps are listed in the attached document.
As anticipated, Iowa Department of Public Health released new guidelines on visitors. I want to remind you to please read through the entire message, before you start jumping for joy at home.
At this time, Long Term Care Communities in Iowa have been released to allow outdoor visits only, if certain precautions are taken and certain criteria are met. Failure to comply with the requirements we have to follow may prevent us from being able to have visits moving forward.
• The facility can only allow outside visits as long as the facility is not in an outbreak status, meaning that the facility does not have three or more residents/staff with active covid cases.
• An outside visit can only be allowed if the community member does not have a lab confirmed case of covid, and is not showing any possible signs/symptoms (essentially, the resident cannot be in quarantine).
• Visits are by appointment only and will be limited to 15 minutes per visit.
• Only two visitors per visit, per resident will be allowed.
• All visitors must be screened prior to the visit. If the visitor has any respiratory signs/symptoms, a fever, or a recent exposure to someone with covid, they will not be allowed to visit. Please remember, honesty can make the difference between regular visits and a covid outbreak.
• Visitors will be required to perform hand hygiene before and after each visit
• Visitors must remain 6 feet away from the community members at all times.
• Visitors, and residents, will be required to wear face masks or coverings through the duration of the visit. We do request that you bring a facemask with you if you have one.
• All visits must be monitored by facility staff to ensure all guidelines are being followed.
We are in the process of finalizing the facility policy and getting everything set up for visits. We will be scheduling visits on weekdays between 8:30 and 11:00 am or 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm, weather permitting, excluding holidays. We are limited on the number of community members that can have a visitor at one time, so in order to accommodate visits for every community member, we will only be able to have one visit per community member, per week. Visits will be scheduled on a first come, first serve basis, and we will only schedule visits for one week at a time. We are getting prepared for our first visits to begin on Monday, July 13, 2020. Please contact Amanda or Wendy to schedule your visit.
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Since 1975, Bethany Lutheran Home has been dedicated to helping people meet the challenges and enjoy the blessings of aging. Bethany Lutheran Home was founded and sponsored by 15 area Lutheran churches in 1975. Today we embrace all faiths.
Bethany Heights originally began as an independent living facility in 1991. In 2008, as the needs of seniors who resided at Bethany changed, the facility was converted into a licensed assisted living facility. Bethany Heights offers apartment homes as well as additional services for seniors to ensure to meet the needs of each individual.
We strive to do our best in meeting the needs as well as desires of our residents and tenants as they reside at Bethany.